Radwanska moves on at Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP)
Urszula Radwanska of Poland and two other seeded players advanced to the second round of the Tashkent Open on Monday.
The second-seeded Radwanska, the younger sister of No. 2-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, rallied from 5-1 down in the second set to defeat Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain 6-4, 7-5.
Third-seeded Alize Cornet of France swept aside Nina Bratchikova of Russia, winning 6-1, 6-3. Seventh-seeded Alexandra Panova of Russia beat Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Gajdosova saved three match points to level the third set at 5-5 before Panova took the final two games.
Spain's Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino defeated Slovakia's Jana Cepelova 6-1, 6-2 in little more than an hour. Sabina Sharipova downed Vlada Ekshibarova 6-4, 7-5 in a match between wild cards from Uzbekistan.
The 43rd-ranked Radwanska, who lost in the first round of the U.S. Open, struggled with her serve at times - although the 112th-ranked Torro-Flor was even shakier and finished with eight double faults.
''I never played Torro-Flor and didn't know what to expect,'' Radwanska said. ''She played some unbelievable tennis in the second set to go up 5-1 , but then I kept my patience and played my strokes to come back and take the match. I told myself she cannot be playing like this the whole match, and I need to put in more balls and make her make mistakes.''
Top-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania is set to take on Karin Knapp of Italy on Tuesday while Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany plays sixth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia. Eighth-seeded Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan plays qualifier Vesna Dolonc of Serbia.